Grief Resources

Understanding Grief

Grief is normal - it is a healthy response to a loss.

Grief is universal - we all grieve.

Grief is unique - we grieve in a way consistent with our own personality and with what the loss means to us personally.

Grief is a process whereby we work through the feelings and learn to live with the changes in our lives brought on by the loss.

We are forever changed by the losses in our lives; we never "GET OVER" grief, but we do learn to live with our losses and, in time, find renewed purpose and meaning in life.

Grief takes a long time. Experts tell us that after the death of someone beloved it is normal for it to take at least three to five years to rebuild our lives. This does not mean that we will be in the intense emotional pain we experienced in the early months for that long. It does mean, however, that adjusting to all the changes and working through the myriad of feelings won't happen in an orderly fashion during the first year, it will probably take more time.

Ongoing support from other people is one of the most helpful factors in working through the feelings and learning to live with all the changes of normal grief. We need to talk about it; we need to share our story. Grief support groups give survivors the opportunity to share their own stories and to listen compassionately to the stories of others.

Support Groups For Adults In Our Area: 

Recovering Hope Treatment Center - We are excited to announce our new Mental Health Therapy Groups! Each group is limited to eight individuals to provide the best experience possible and is facilitated by a Mental Health Professional. Ph. 844-314-HOPE

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Cambridge Medical Center - AccentCare Fairview Hospice is here to provide grief support to patients, families, and the community at large. Our bereavement teams have experience working with adults, teens, and children to help them through the grief journey. Support is available both before and after a loved one's death. Please contact them at 612-728-2455 or

For Bereaved Parents & Siblings:

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: EAST CENTRAL MN CHAPTER is a local support group opportunity for bereaved parents and siblings. The group meets the third Thursday of the month, at 7:00 P.M., at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church (1050 Southview Ave., Braham, MN). The facilitators of this group are bereaved parents who have lived with the loss of their child for a long while. They have developed a lending library of resources for the parents who attend their meetings.

Meetings are cancelled at this time due to coronavirus Please contact Carol Peterson at 320-396-3496 or for updates.

Like them on Facebook at: The Compassionate Friends of East Central Minnesota.

To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, go to:

Individual and Family Counselors in our area:

MORA: Mark Stegeman, MA, LMFT

Legacy Counseling Services | 820 Howe Ave E, Suite 108 | Mora, MN 55051 | Phone: 651.497.1021

BRAHAM: Deanna Austin, MA, LMFT

Serenity Circle Counseling / 201 Main St W. / Isanti, MN 55044 / Phone: 763-600-2911

Online Grief Resources:

Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the Loss of Your Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Sara Murphy, PhD, CT

Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center

Children's Hospitals and Clinics

2525 Chicago Ave. S.

MS 50-216S

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone: 612-813-6285 or Toll Free: 1-800-732-3812

Missing Grace Foundation

Provides support for families experiencing pregnancy loss

MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving

2429 University Avenue West

St Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-523-0802 or Toll Free 1-800-487-6233

Fax: 651-523-0817

For Bereaved Children

A Child In Grief website

National Alliance for Grieving Children

Minnesota Children's Grief Connection

Bereavement Book Publishers - for all ages

Bereavement Publications, Inc.

Center For Loss, Ft. Collins, CO

Centering Corporation

In-Sight Books

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